Cancer scare can’t stop Camelon’s Walter at 101

Walter Sharp and his beloved Westie Harry
Walter Sharp and his beloved Westie Harry

A man dubbed ‘the world’s oldest paperboy’ has celebrated his 101st birthday recovering from a cancer scare.

Blind World War Two veteran Walter Sharp, from Camelon, marked another milestone on August 7, with his caring family and his beloved West Highland terrier Harry, who accompanies him everywhere.

The centenarian revealed doctors had found skin cancer on the top of his head which was removed during an operation in hospital.

Walter, who took it all in his stride, said: “I was only in the hospital for the day but it left me with a scar on my head so I got a cardigan for my birthday so I don’t need to pull a jersey over my head.

“I don’t really want anything for birthdays any more and my family take really good care of me. My drawers are full of shirts and things so I don’t need anything.”

Despite his age, the avid East Stirling fan is still up at the crack of dawn to get the papers for himself and delivers them to his neighbours.

Walter was also awarded the Chevalier in the Ordre National de la Legion d’Honneur from the French government this year for his part in the Second World War D Day landings.